Does every receptacle outlet in a kitchen have to be GFCI?
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Only receptacle outlets that are "installed to serve the countertop surfaces” in a kitchen must be GFCI-protected in a residence, per National Electrical Code [NEC 210.8(A)(6)]. For buildings other than dwellings, all receptacles in a kitchen must be GFCI-protected [NEC 210.8(B)(2)].
So wall receptacles in a residential kitchen are not required to be GFCI, but there is one exception: any receptacle that is within 6-feet of a sink, even if not serving a counter, must have GFCI-protection. A common example of this would be a refrigerator receptacle outlet close to a kitchen sink. This was not always required and, to read more about it, go to our blog post Is a refrigerator receptacle outlet required to be GFCI-protected?
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